Viriditas Newsletter, April

Dear Viriditas Community,

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What does it mean to be Self-Confident? As I asked myself this question recently, the following song came to mind:

“This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine!”

And suddenly I remembered being at my youngest brother Michael’s wedding about ten years ago. My brother had asked me to sing the Ave Maria at his wedding. Oh my, was I a nervous wreck the day of the wedding, as I stood on the balcony of this gorgeous baroque church in central Switzerland and looked at the hundreds of people coming in down below. How could I possibly sing with all these people listening? And then this gospel choir that my brother had hired to sing at the wedding came on to the balcony and started singing… yes… you guessed it…THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE! This was exactly what I needed to be singing to dispel the nervous energy and negative thoughts going through my head. And so I sang along with the glorious gospel singers and sure enough as I got up to sing the Ave Maria, I knew all I needed to do was let my light shine.

For me Self-Confidence is our ability to let our Divine Nature and Gifts shine out into the world. This “Light” is a powerfully loving and transformative light and we all have it! And this light has been shining forth from the “Land of Viriditas” big time this past month.

On March 18th the Kutandara Center hosted a concert to raise funds to purchase a set of marimbas for an orphanage in Zimbabwe. I was honored to be part of the concert. I am a member of the Kutandara Reperatory Ensemble and we opened the concert with six of our songs. Check out this video to see us playing Ndave Kuenda. (Click here to watch the video.)  We let our light shine that night, and the next day when I saw comments on my Facebook page coming all the way from Zimbabwe, I knew it had been an especially bright light that we sent forth that night!

The light being sent forth by our Tap Dancing Events is also growing in brightness. On March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, we hosted our monthly Tap Into Transformation. Tap groupThere were ten of us dancing to some glorious boogie woogie music and enjoying a delicious meal catered by The Hungry Toad. After dinner we had a great time playing charades with words that embody power and speed. You should have seen my rendition of a rocket ship!

And then last Friday, April 7th, David and I participated in the monthly NoBo Art District’s First Friday open house. We had over 50 people stop by the studio and most of them dove right in and tried some tap dancing. We felt like we were at a delightful night club celebrating the joy and power of this glorious dance form. The word is getting out that some great fun can be had at the Viriditas Studio on the first Friday of the month between 6 and 9 pm. Tell your friends!!!

Self-Confidence was the theme of our third Healing With Mantra Event which happened on April 8th. I taught a mantra connected to the aspects of Divinity represented by the Hindu Deity Durga. David’s musical accompaniment made the experience of chanting this mantra especially powerful. I also added specific movements that we did as we chanted. Later this week I will be posting a recording of this mantra in the Free Healing Library on the doctorofthesoul website (doctorofthesoul.com) for those of you who missed the event and/or would like to chant along at home.

David and I are also very excited that we have been asked to become faculty at a new graduate school that will be opening its doors this coming September 18th here in Boulder Colorado. Fox institute imageThe school is called the Fox Institute and is a reinvention of the graduate school where David and I got our doctorates in Ministry: The University Of Creation Spirituality. (Click here to find out more about this amazing school. I will be teaching a course on St. Hildegard of Bingen and David will be teaching a course on Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Howard Thurman! We have also submitted proposals for five other classes which were accepted by the academic committee. I will keep you posted as the exact dates of our classes get finalized. The model of this education was created by the theologian Matthew Fox. My favorite part of the curriculum is called “Art As Meditation” and yes, one of the classes David and I will be teaching is “Tap Into Transformation”!

All right, my powerful friends, I once again am off to pack my bag. David and I are leaving for Keystone on Friday morning. They still have over 60 inches of snow up there, and oh my, is my Swiss Mountain Goat heart happy….I am going to let my Swiss light shine this coming weekend. Yo do lei di hoo!!!

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, April

The Best Dinner Party In Town!

WHERE ELSE IN BOULDER CAN YOU…

Become the tap dancer you’ve always dreamt of being?
Enjoy good food and great conversation?
Connect with others in playful and artistic activities?

Tap Into Transformation!

That’s where!
This month’s theme: 

Singing In The Rain! 

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Click on the image to view the video.

April 21, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Viriditas Studio   
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES

To Reserve Tickets:
1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$25.00: At the door
$20.00: Online or phone reservation

Ticket includes dinner

 

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, March

COME AND TAP DANCE!

JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION

This month’s theme:

Boogie Woogie

March 17, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

At the Viriditas Studio    
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

BOOGIE WOOGIE is a style of blues played on the piano with a strong, fast beat. Come and experience the exhilaration of combining power with speed. Come and boogie down in a community of adventurous and fun-loving tap dancers as we all feel the music of the piano and rise up in joy. This month we are going to blow the roof off of the Viriditas Studio! 

WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES

To Reserve Tickets

1-888-612-8189 or online at www.viriditasllc.com

$25.00 At the door
$20.00 Online or phone reservation
$5.00 Discount for students

Ticket includes dinner

Viriditas Newsletter, February

Dear Viriditas Community,

heartsFebruary… the month of LOVE! I want to start this newsletter by sharing my favorite spiritual text on love: yes 1 Corinthians 13, verses 4-7:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant  or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

The power of love never ceases to amaze me. And so I want to share with you the many ways that Viriditas is sharing love these days and invite you to connect with the many offerings of this beautiful company.

David and I are currently rehearsing for our annual multimedia performance Tap Into Love which will take place at the Viriditas Studio on the evening of February 18th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Click here to view the promotional video we created for this heartwarming event! This year we are celebrating our connections to our ancestors. I will be showing how both of my parents as well as my father’s three(!) sisters have been sources of inspiration and joy in my life. If you attend only one Viriditas event all year, this would be my recommendation. Delicious food, great company and a performance that will fill you with joy, tenderness and yes LOVE! Purchase your tickets today! Click here to purchase tickets.

Tap Into Transformation continues to bring “food, fun and friendship” to participants on the third Friday of every month. In January we danced to the song “You’re The One That I Want” from the movie Grease. The colors of the evening were black, white and gold and we all wore black and gold beads as we followed the fun choreography. After dinner we created drawings of what we wanted in the year 2017. As always, I felt so blessed to share the evening with such beautiful and warm people. mjThis month we will be bringing back our Michael Jackson choreography with a new twist. So, all you Michael Jackson fans….JOIN US on February 17th. (Click here to purchase tickets.)

On February 24th, David and I will once again be performing as part of the Opening Reception of the 7th Annual NoBo Group Show. NoBo_Art_District_logo The Art Show, “Looking for Common Ground: A Collaboration” will take place at the Boulder Public Library Main Branch, Canyon Gallery, 1101 Arapahoe Ave.  from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Mark your calendars! There are some incredibly gifted artists in North Boulder and this is your chance to see their work all in one show. David and I will be singing and tap dancing our greatest hits and would love to see you there.

Looking ahead to March 18th, I am very excited to let you know that the Kutandara Repertory Marimba Ensemble that I am part of will be performing as part of a Benefit Concert for Child Future Africa at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 4775 Cambridge Street in Boulder, Colorado 80301. 26939731834_9f47e2f87d_z-300x200The concert is at 7:00 pm, and we will be performing with Tendai Muparutsa & ZiMBIRA.  You can make a donation for Child Future Africa at the door. If you have never heard marimba music, you are in for a treat. The JOY of this music is unparalleled!

 

Finally, I want to encourage those of you who have not yet checked out the Free Healing Library on the doctorofthesoul website, to give yourself the gift and register. There are now two pages you can access at the Library with beautiful recordings and guidances on how to use them in your meditative practices. Next week I will be adding a recording of the Saraswati mantra from the Doctor Of The Soul group event from February 4th. Click here to join the library. To register all you need to do is type in an email address and a password. You will then have access to the pages of the library.

I will leave you now with one more image. David and I leave on Friday morning for our monthly retreat in the mountains. This month we will be in Vail. vailWhat a blessing it is to spend four whole days with this loving man in such powerfully loving mountains!

May the love of this season fill your hearts!

In Viriditas,

Jeannine

Tap Into Love!

TAP INTO LOVE

A Multimedia Valentine’s Performance
Honoring OUR ANCESTORS

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th 
6:30-9:00 PM

VIRIDITAS STUDIO
4939 N. Broadway Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

How do ancestors contribute to our present lives, and how can we honor them?

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Come experience Jeannine and David as they share through song, dance and poetry how their connections with their ancestors gives them strength and guidance in their daily lives.

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Click the image above to view the video!

Cost $25.00
hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided
We are only selling 50 tickets, so get yours today!
www.viriditasllc.com or call 1.888.612.8189

 

SPECIAL OFFER!
TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION AND TAP INTO LOVE

mjOur monthly Tap Into Transformation falls on Friday, February 17th, the night before Tap Into Love. We will be bringing back our razzle-dazzle Michael Jackson choreography with a new twist! If you would like to learn the steps on Friday night and then enjoy Jeannine and David performing the entire Michael Jackson routine on Saturday night, purchase the combo package for $40 which is a 20% discount. Don’t miss this opportunity to fill yourself with the powerful love of this season!

www.viriditas.com or call 1.888.612.8189

Tap Into Transformation, January

 

COME AND TAP DANCE!
JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION

This month’s theme:
You’re The One That I Want

January 20, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 pm

At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

WHAT IS IT YOU WANT IN 2017? Bring your intentions for 2017 to January’s Tap Into Transformation. We will be expressing them through our feet and whole bodies as we tap dance to the hit song, “You’re The One That I Want”, from the movie GREASE. Wear black, gold, or white and get ready to sparkle into the New Year!


Click on the image above to view the video.

WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS     NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES

To Reserve Tickets:
1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$25.00 At the door
$20.00 Online or phone reservation
$5.00 Discount for students

Ticket includes dinner

Tap Into Transformation, December

COME AND TAP DANCE!
JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION
This month’s theme: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Christmas Dreams

December 16, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm

Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

WHAT ARE YOUR CHRISTMAS DREAMS? Bring your cheer and the gift of who you are to this month’s Tap Into Transformation, and together we will open our hearts and tap dance to some really fun and jolly holiday music. Wear your sparkly holiday attire and be ready to let your star shine bright! This will be a merry and special evening you won’t want to miss. You will go home flying like Rudolph and feeling on top of the world, empowered to manifest your Christmas dreams. Our meal will be flown in from the North Pole courtesy of Santa Claus!christmas-dreams-cover
WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES

To Reserve Tickets:
1-888-612-8189
Or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$25.00 At the door
$20.00 Online or phone reservation
$5.00 Discount for students

Ticket includes dinner

 

Viriditas Newsletter, December

Dear Viriditas Community,

Tis the season of gift giving, and in this newsletter I have a few gifts for you! As most of you already know, I have launched a new body of work which I’m calling Doctor of the Soul. There are two series of group events. Healing with St. Hildegard started in November and Healing with Mantra started this month on Dec. 3rd. We began the Healing with Mantra series by learning a mantra to help us release any patterns of fear related to security and safety connected to our first chakra. The energy of the event on December 3rd was very sweet and powerful. Please CLICK HERE to enjoy the audio recording of the mantra David and I created. I encourage you to chant along with me on this recording. It will help you have more confidence and bring empowerment to your life in all your undertakings.

Going forward, the next group event on January 7, 2017 will feature St. Hildegard’s song, O Viridissima Virga in our Soul Healing work. Our focus will be gathering strength so we can move forward with our callings to be creative expressions of Divine Love. A great way to start the New Year!

My next gift to you is a video inviting you to come to our Tap Into Transformation on Dec. 16th, 7-9 pm. Our theme is Christmas Dreams. When you come, be sure to wear your Santa hat! David and I will be gifting everyone who comes that night with a gift certificate for you to give to a friend to attend a Tap Into Transformation event in 2017. A $25 value! (Click the image below to view the video.)

For those of you in our community who are Sharpette lovers the second half of the evening will feature Christmas Sharpettes! Like in years past, the fare will include Swiss Chocolates. I smile as I realize how the chocolates have become a Christmas Tradition at Tap Into Transformation!

Now I want to tell you about what has been one of the greatest gifts I have received this year. As most of you know, I have been studying marimba and most recently mbira at the Kutandara Center in Boulder. This year my teachers Randy & Amy McIntosh asked if I’d ever thought about teaching at the center. I had not… But when I started to think about it, I found myself getting very excited. Playing African music has given me a sense of joy unlike anything else I have ever done. Amy, Randy and I explored how to move forward to becoming a teacher at the center and we decided that I would start by sitting in on their beginning classes. It is an incredible privilege to watch and experience master teachers at work. On Thursdays at 4 pm I am part of Amy’s beginning class for children. At 5:45 pm I’m part of Randy’s beginning adult class. In Randy’s class I am learning how to accompany the students, all of whom are women, on the Hosho. After Randy’s adult class, I then move over to my own beloved class: Titandare. On Thursdays at 9:30 pm when I leave the Kutandara Center and drive home, it feels like I’ve spent 6 hours on the African continent. The best way I can describe it is, it feels like I’ve had a mini vacation and I return to my life here in Boulder with renewed energy.

In closing, I would like to give you a heads up about two gifts you can look forward to in 2017. On February 18th David and I will once again be offering our performance piece Tap Into Love. This year we will be celebrating our love of our ancestors. Mark your calendars! In addition we will also be participating in the annual NoBo Art District group show on February 24th. Yes, you will get to see the latest addition to our Michael Jackson choreography! This year’s art show will be hosted at the Boulder Public Library.

I trust you are all enjoying the snowy weather. David and I leave today for three days of skiing at Beaver Creek… Wheeeeee… This Swiss lady is so excited!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each and every one of you.

In Viriditas,
Jeannine

 

 

Tap Into Transformation, November

COME AND TAP DANCE!

JOIN US FOR FUN, FOOD AND FRIENDSHIP

TAP INTO TRANSFORMATION
This month’s theme:

Go All The Way!

November 18, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm

At the Viriditas Studio
4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

“Your’re a diamond in the rough, a brilliant ball of clay. You could be a work of art, if you just go all the way!” Yes, you guessed it, this month we will be tap dancing to the theme song from the movie KUNG FU PANDA. Join us and explore what it means to go all the way.

Click on the image above to view the video.

Click on the image above to view the video.

WE WILL TEACH YOU TAP STEPS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
WE PROVIDE TAP SHOES

Join husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen and David Sharp in their gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio.

$25.00 At the Door
$20.00 Online or Phone Reservation
$5.00 Discount for Students
Ticket includes dinner

To reserve tickets:
1-888-612-8189

Or online at:
www.Viriditas.com

Viriditas Newsletter, November

Dear Viriditas Community,

It’s the month of Thanksgiving. This year there’s a lot to be grateful for in the Land Of Viriditas. The decision David and I made to split our participation in the NoBo 1st Friday event and our Tap Into Transformation event was a good one. We hosted our first NoBo 1st Friday on Nov. 4th. Six people visited the studio. While it took a little convincing on the part of yours truly, four of the visitors put on tap shoes and joined David and me on the dance floor. We put on some Michael Jackson and had a great time. I do believe we’ll be seeing some of these folks at our next Tap Into Transformation on Nov. 18th. It was wonderful for David and me to focus 100% on our visitors and to tell them all about the adventures that happen at the Viriditas Studio.

It’s clear to me that the artistic community in North Boulder is alive and well. I’m looking forward to hosting the NoBo Art District Mixer on Dec. 7th in the studio. This will give me a chance to share the beautiful Viriditas Studio with other artists in the district and to begin to get to know them more deeply.

Perhaps the thing I’m most grateful for is the never-ending creativity that flows through David and me. We will be launching our fifth year of Tap Into Transformation this month. Click on the image below to view the promo video for our November 18th event.  I’ve always loved the Kung Fu Panda movies as well as the theme song. David has two black belts, and one is in Kung Fu. We had a total blast creating this dance, and we can hardly wait to share it with you! Rest assured, I will have headbands for each of you! (Click here to purchase your tickets and receive a $5 discount.)

Gratitude fills my heart when I contemplate the launching of my Doctor Of The Soul events last Saturday. The event launched the first of a seven-part series using the music of St. Hildegard in our soul healing process. We were ten amazing souls in the studio on Saturday. What a blessing!

David accompanied many of our activities on the keyboard. One of the greatest compliments I received after the event was David saying, “Jeannine, in some ways this felt like a black church.” He was referring to how the music opened up people’s hearts and souls. I always marvel at the capacity of St. Hildegard’s music to open the door to the soul and how people of all the spiritual traditions find ways to connect to her work. So much sweetness and peace happened for myself and the participants.  I hope you will join us for one of the upcoming Doctor Of The Soul group events. If you are unable to attend the group events, know that I am developing online programs with the content of these soul healing workshops so everyone will have access to them going forward.

The next group event will be on Sat. Dec. 3rd, 3:30-5 pm. This will be the first of a series of seven on Healing with Mantra. I have been studying Mantra for many years, and I’m very eager to share the healing power of this tradition. This mantra practice is ancient, we will be using the Sanskrit language. Like St. Hildegard’s Music it is also based on spiritual vibration for healing. I am so grateful for Russil & Asha Paul and their Yogic Mystery School. I have been a student in the school since 2011 and their teachings have become a huge part of my life. Click here to purchase tickets online for $29. (Tickets will be $45 at the door on the day of the event.)

Finally, I’m grateful for you!  I hope to connect with each of you in person during the upcoming months and in the interim, keep enjoying these newsletters. To show my appreciation for you I would like to share a meditation audio recording David and I recently created. It is a full body relaxation with a Bach arrangement. I love this piece by Bach and have been playing it since I was twelve years old. Please email me at jeanninegoodeallen@gmail.com and I’ll email you a copy to enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving!

May Viriditas be ours!
Jeannine